Wednesday, September 30, 2015

2015 Fall Harvest Days

Great Family Fun!
October 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17 - 25, 30 & 31  
(weather permitting - please call ahead)
Hours:  Monday - Saturday
9am-6pm // Sunday 11am-4pm

Farm Animals
Hay Slides & Jumps
Corn Box, Tunnels and Field Games
Pick-Your-Own Pumpkins
Horse Drawn Hayrides
Corn Maze
Kettle Corn
Face Painting
Ticket Prices:
Hayride:  $4.00   /Hayworld:  $4.00
Combo Ticket Hayworld/1 Hayride:  $7.00
Season Pass to Hayworld plus 1 Hayride Ticket:  $20.00
Children under 1 FREE
Call for group rates

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Pick-Your-Own Pumpkins
It's that time of year.  Can you guess what the favorite symbol of the season is?  It's orange, and round, and sometimes smiles...a Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin of course!  

We have a great selection of these beauties in all sizes, shapes and colors!  Choose from our large display beside the main entrance, or pick your own in our Fall Harvest fun area (during Fall Harvest hours).  

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Using Winter Squash

Have you ever wondered what to do with all those colorful, weirdly shaped squash you see in the fall?   They are rich in vitamins and quite healthy, so you just might want to give them a chance!  Most of them are easy to prepare for mealtime.

Toasted Squash Seeds (any winter squash) - Rinse seeds thoroughly in a strainer.  Place on paper towels and dry.  Remove fibers from seeds.  Rinse seeds again and spread evenly (without drying) on a cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with salt or garlic salt.  Bake in a 350°F oven for 15-20 minutes.

Squash can be baked, boiled or sliced and fried; mashed and buttered or mixed with other 
ingredients to create breads, cakes, pies, desserts, casseroles, soups and salads.  

Acorn Squash can be green, orange or buff in color.  They are shaped somewhat like a huge acorn with ribs or ridges.  The orange flesh is sweet and  is excellent for baking.  It is an early producer and can be stored well.

Banana Squash are long and pointed and grayish or creamy in color.  Some grow to over 2 feet long!  This squash has excellent flavor and keeping quality.

Buttercup Squash usually have flat green tops and a dark green body with stripes.  They are drum or turban shaped  The flesh is thick and orange and has a rich aromatic flavor.  Excellent for pies.

Butternut Squash have an elongated bell-shape and are buff-colored with smooth skin.  They are sweet and tender and excellent for baking.

Cushaw is a pear shaped squash that ranges from a striped green to orange color.  The flesh is golden and a good quality for baking.  It is used commercially for canned pumpkin and makes 
excellent pies.

Hubbard Squash grows quite large and thick and is cylindrical in shape.  Its color ranges from bluish to gray to orange.  The flesh is pale yellow and of good quality for baking.

Spaghetti Squash has smooth skin and is orange to pale yellow in color.  It has yellowish strands inside and a good crunchy texture.  This squash can be prepared and eaten like spaghetti noodles, with sauce and all.  Bake or boil to fork out the center like strands of pasta.

Sweet Dumpling as round as dumplings and as sweet as honey!   The golden flesh bakes up tender.  Hard ivory and green striped skin - an ideal keeper.

Turban - The most popular variety of this squash is called the ‘Turk’s Turban’.  It grows to about a foot in diameter and is crown-like.  It is not the best eating quality, fine-grained and somewhat like a sweet potato.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

How Often Perennials Require Division

Some perennials need division frequently, while others do better left undisturbed.  The following list illustrates how often to divide many common perennials.  These recommendations assume suitable growing conditions and overall healthy plants.  The time frames given for division are those required to maintain plant health.  Some of the plants on this list can be invasive under certain conditions and many need division more frequently than indicated if their size must be limited.     

Divide These Every 1-3 Years
Achillea (Yarrow)
Aegopodium podagraria ‘Variegatum’ (Snow on the Mountain)
Arabis caucasica (Rock Cress)
Artemisia ludoviciana (Wormwood)
Aster Novi-belgii (New York Aster) 
Campanula carpatic (Carpathian Harebell) 
Campanula persicifolia (Peach Leaved Bellflower) 
Centaurea montana (Bachelor’s Button) 
Centranthus ruber (Jupiter’s Beard) 
Cerastium tomentosum (Snow in Summer)
Coreopsis grandifolia (Tickseed) 
Coreopsis verticillata (Threadleaf Tickseed)
Delphinium elatum (Delphinium)
Dendranthema morifolium (Chrysanthemum)
Dianthus deltoids (Maiden Pinks)
Gaillardia grandiflora (Blanket Flower)
Geum (Avens)
Helenium autumnale (Helen’s Flower)
Heuchera micrantha (Purple-leaved Coral Bells)
Heuchera sanguinea (Coral Bells)
Iris germanica (Bearded Iris)
Leucanthemum superbum (Shasta Daisy)
Lychnis coronaria (Rose Campion)
Monarda didyma (Beebalm)
Penstemon barbatus (Beard Tongue)
Phlox paniculata (Garden)
Phlox subulata (Creeping) 
Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant)
Veronica spicata (Spiked Speedwell)

Divide These Every 4-5 Years
Acanthus hungaricus (Bear’s Breeches)
Armeria maritima (Sea Thrift)
Astrantia lactiflora (Mugwort)
Asteromoea mongolica (Kalimeris) 
Astrantia major (Masterwort)
Astilbe (Astilbe)
Bergenia cordifolia (Bergenia)
Boltonia asteroids (Boltonia)
Campanula glomerata (Clustered Bellflower)
Campanula rotundifolia (Harebell)
Cerstostigma plumbaginoides (Plumbago) 
Chelone lyonii (Turtlehead)
Chrysogonum virginianum (Golden Star)
Dianthus gratianopolitanus (Cheddar Pinks)
Dicentra eximia (Fringed Bleeding Heart)
Digitalis grandiflora (Perennial Foxglove)
Erigeron (Fleabane)
Eupatorium maculatum (Joe-Pye Weed)
Helianthus (Perennial Sunflower)
Heliopsis helianthoides (False Sunflower)
Hemerocalllis (Daylily)
Liatris spicata (Gayfeather)
Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ (Black Eyed Susan)
Rudbeckia nitida ‘Herbstonne’ (Shining Coneflower) 
Scabiosa (Pincushion Flower)
Solidago (Goldenrod)
Stachys byzantina (Lamb’s Ear)
Stokesia laevis (Stokes Aster)
Tiarella cordifolia (Foamflower)
Tradescantia andersoniana (Spiderwort)
Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s Root)

Divide every 6-10 years
* = resents disturbance
^ = tough woody roots or taproot

Alchimelia mollis (Lady’s Mantle)
Amsonia tabernaemontana * (Blue Star)
Asarum europaeum (European Ginger)
Begonia grandis (Perennial Begonia)
Brunnera macrophylla (Perennial Forget-Me-Not)
Echinacea purpurea (Purple Conflower)
Echinops ritro *^ (Globe Thistle)
Epimedium * (Barrenwort)
Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’ ^ (Queen of the Prairie)
Filipendula ulmaria ^ (Meadowsweet)
Geranium (Cranesbill)
Hemerocallis (Daylily) 
Hosta (Hosta)
Iberis sempervirens * (Candytuft)
Iris siberica (Siberian Iris)
Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker)
Ligularia (Ligularia)
Limonium latifolium * (Sea Lavender Statice)
Nepeta (Catmint)
Papaver orientale * (Oriental Poppy)
Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ (Variegated Solomon’s Seal)
Pulmonaria (Lungwort)
Rodgersia aesculifolia (Rodger’s Flower)
Salvia nemerosa (Meadow Sage)
Sedum spectabile (Stonecrop)
Thalictrum aquilegifolium (Meadowrue)
Tricyrtis hirta (Toadlily)
Trollis * (Globeflower)
Ornamental Grasses (variety)

Divide every 10 + years
* = resents disturbance
^ = tough woody roots or taproot

Aconitum * (Monkshood)
Adenophora lilifolia (Ladybells)
Anemone hybrid (Japanese Anemone)
Aquilegia (Columbine)
Aruncus dioicus *^ (Goatsbeard)
Asclepias tuberosa *^ (Butterfly Weed)
Baptisia australis * (False Blue Indigo)
Cimicifuga racemose * (Bugbane)
Dicentra spectabilis (Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart)
Dictamnus albus * (Gas Plant)
Eryngium *^ (Sea Holly)
Euphorbia (Spurge)
Gyspophilia paniculata *^ (Baby’s Breath)
Helleborus (Lenten Rose)
Hibiscus moscheutos (Hibiscus)
Hosta (Hosta) 
Paeonia (Peony)
Platycodon grandifloras *^ (Balloon Flower)
Polemonium caeruleum (Jacob’s Ladder)
Thermopsis Caroliniana * (Carolina Lupine)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Ornamental Cabbage & Kale

A great plant for fall!  Cabbage and Kale keep their brilliant color long after the rest of the flowers have gone to bed for the winter.  The perfect accent with mums, pansies or asters, cabbage and kale add a crisp bold look to flower beds and containers and are easy to grow!

Description:  Leaves are thick like cabbage and they are edible.  The blue-green leaves are showy and open from the center.  Centers are usually white tinged with pink, red or purple.  Kale has curled leaves.  Cabbage has smooth leaves.  

Habit:  Grows 10-15” tall with rosette leaves.

Culture:  Full sun, prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Utilization:  Provides attractive color contrast for accent and 
pattern plantings or pots and containers.